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Tunisia: CFJ condemns summoning of journalist Amine El-Dabayeby for investigation based on his opinions

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Press release

Geneva – March 26, 2024


Tunisian journalist and human rights defender, Amine El-Dabayeby confirmed that he received a summons to appear at the Fifth Central Division of the National Guard in Aouina, which he deemed suspicious.

In response to the summons, El-Dabayeby penned a letter addressed to Tunisian President Kais bin Said, urging intervention to safeguard freedom of expression in the country. He emphasized the president’s role as the guarantor of rights and freedoms, expressing concern over what he perceived as an attempt to stifle dissenting opinions.

El-Dabayeby remarked, “You are the guarantor of rights and freedoms, and where I received a summons to attend the Fifth Central Division of the National Guard in Aouina, He is also accused of thinking and excessive criticism.”

The CFJ has refused to comply with the summons, labeling it as an arbitrary measure against El-Dabayeby. CFJ asserts that such actions deprive individuals of their inherent human right to freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Tunisian Constitution and international treaties and covenants.

CFJ calls for an immediate cessation of the summons decision and an end to the targeting of journalists and media professionals in Tunisia.

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